Six Skills of Early Literacy with Miss Tricia

Posted on our Social Media, every Wednesday morning in September at 10:30 AM

Skill #1: Letter Knowledge

Our first video in the series talks about letter knowledge and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/letter-knowledge/.

Letter knowledge is knowing that the same letter can look different, as well as knowing that each letter makes a sound. When putting the letter sounds together, children are able to “sound out” the full word. This is a foundational skill needed for reading full words and sentences.

Skill #2: Vocabulary

Our second video in the series talks about vocabulary and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/vocabulary/.

Vocabulary can be described in its most basic sense as “learning new words.” Words and their meanings are a foundation for literacy development and reading comprehension. It’s kind of like the old adage, “You have to learn to walk before you can run.”

Skill #3: Phonological Awareness

Our third video in the series talks about phonological awareness and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/phonological-awareness/.

Phonological awareness is the awareness of speech sounds, such as rhyming and syllables.

Skills #4 & 5: Print Motivation and Print Awareness

Our fourth video in the series talks about print motivation & print awareness, and how to practice these skills at home! To view resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/print-motivation-and-print-awareness.

Print motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. Print awareness is the understanding that print and oral language carries meaning.

Skill #6: Narrative

Our fifth video in the series talks about narrative skills and how to practice them at home! To view resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/narrative-skills/.

Narrative skills are a child’s ability to tell a story and understand how they work.